Comprehensive technologies for ship energy management

Energy efficiency has always been a key concern for shipbuilding and shipping. Whereas in the past it was mainly economic reasons that motivated the search for a low power requirement for a ship, today ecological reasons and compliance with statutory regulations to reduce emissions are coming strongly to the forefront with at least equal weight. These concerns call for a consistent strategy of energy efficiency as well as a significant reduction of exhaust emissions not only in the construction but also substantially in the operation of ships.

For these reasons, HSVA, together with leading partners from the maritime industry, launched a large-scale project at the beginning of the year to develop comprehensive technologies for the energy management of ships and- associated with this- to reduce emissions from ship operation. In addition to HSVA, industry partners AVL Deutschland GmbH and AVL Software & Functions, Carl Büttner Shipmanagement GmbH, Friendship Systems AG and 52°North – Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH, the Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems e.V., as well as the Technical University of Berlin, the Technical University of Hamburg, the University of Lübeck and the Maritime Center of Flensburg University of Applied Sciences are involved in the project.
Together with other associated shipping companies, a future-oriented energy management and decision support system based on rational methods is to be developed, taking into account current operational status data as well as geo-information.